I think the most important aspect of education is quality books. And by quality books, I mean LIVING BOOKS. So...what is a 'living book'?
Living books are those books which make the subject 'come alive'. They are generally written by one person, versus a textbook written by several authors. The book reaches out and pulls you in. It's a book that makes you feel that you are there with the characters. They are generally written in a narrative style rather than a dry style of writing typically found in most textbooks which usually only present facts in a summary type form. With the right sources, you can find living books that cover most school subjects - even math!!
In our homeschooling years, I have tried to use Living Books whenever possible. Now that I am researching the Charlotte Mason method to use with my toddler, I have found a plethora of sources and would like to share them with you!
Source List for Living Books:
Charlotte Mason teaches that you are to select books that will cultivate your child's taste for good literature and words fitly spoken. A quality book will cultivate imagination and nourish their mind. Charlotte Mason homeschoolers do not usually spend their time using books consisting of 'twaddle'(nonsense or 'dumbed-down' literature). I don't,however, think an occasional book that is not categorized under high quality literature is a waste. As long as it isn't the only type of book your child will read, it's not against your morals or values, and it leads your child to reading, then it is a book worth it's price! Happy Reading!